Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Can you believe this bullspit?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Well, Prime Minister Allawi has already made it clear about his request for assistance by the NATO Alliance. And the President, obviously, has been pleased with the progress that's been made on that front in heeding the call of the Iraqi government.

But the specific timing, the specific day of this was Prime Minister Allawi's call based upon his comfort level with, like I said, one, his ability to take full control and operate the government on a daily basis, which they've demonstrated by already taking control of the ministries. And secondly, did he believe this would help strengthen his hand or improve his position, vis a vis, the terrorist threat in his country, and he strongly believed that it does. So that's why we went forward on this day.

Now certainly, there's nothing saying you have to wait until the last minute to do something, and June 30th was on many occasions described as a 'deadline'.

But things like this:

The President went on to describe that day: “On June 30th, when the flag of free Iraq is raised, Iraqi officials will assume full responsibility for the ministries of government. On that day, the Transitional Administrative Law, including a bill of rights that is unprecedented in the Arab world, will take full effect. The United States, and all the nations of our coalition, will establish normal diplomatic relations with the Iraqi government. An American embassy will open, and an American ambassador will be posted.”

Our specific direction comes from Secretary Powell. The Secretary has set the State Department in motion to support the President’s goal of a smooth transition on June 30.

Don't say 'on or before June 30'. They don't say 'no later than June 30'.

Despite Bush's denials, turning tail is exactly what happened yesterday. Allawi had nothing to do with it.

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